Summer Date Night Style

Fall may be around the corner, but summer weather seems like it’s here to stay. It’s been a little cooler at night though, so I went with a lace peplum top, black pants and wedges for a dinner date night for my husband’s birthday. I’m pretty obsessed with my new Sole Society clutch – I had always thought of them as a brand with affordable, on-trend shoes, but they offer the same for bags and jewelry too! This clutch is roomy enough to store all of my essentials and it also has a cute strap. Also, if you haven’t tried J.Crew’s pixie pants, you are missing out… I have them in just about every color and they now come in other styles, with suede and snap details.

As for makeup, I was excited to try out Too Faced’s Better than False Lashes Extreme mascara, as this one has three steps to it, one of which adds lash extending fibers to give you the look of false lashes… and it works! Lastly, Ciate London’s Off Duty Nude from their Olivia Palermo collection is my new go-to. I did a DIY manicure before I left for a week long trip and it stayed in tact almost the entire time!

I’m not ready to let go of summer quite yet, so I’ll be sharing some more warm weather outfits soon, along with outfits that will help you transition into fall easily. With the outfit below, you can swap out the wedge sandals for closed toe wedges or heels and add a jacket or sweater. Shop this look using the links below!

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Clutch c/o Sole Society / Pants / Wedges (closed toe version here)

Top (Forever 21 in-store; other peplums here: 1, 2, 3) / Necklace (similar here)

Nails c/o Ciate London (Off Duty Nude) / Lips / Mascara c/o Too Faced

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Summer Date Night Style - Shop the Post on DailyKaty.com

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What are your favorite late summer outfits? Let us know in the comments below!

Cobalt Blue & Canary Style Yellow for Fall

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but fall is almost here. Here in New England, I love the changing seasons, and while I’ll be clinging to summer as long as possible, September and October bring really nice weather and make the city and suburbs so pretty. With fall comes new fashion trends, and this year J.Crew’s head stylist, Gayle Spannaus, has declared cobalt blue and canary yellow as go-to colors for the upcoming season when it comes to style.

I’m all for those colors, especially as a blonde with blue eyes who has always loved bold blues. Read on and shop some of my picks for fall in these hues using the links below! If you follow me on Insta (@dailykatyblog), you can also “like” the pic from this post to get a shoppable email to your inbox with even more cobalt and canary options (just sign up for ShopStyle first). Enjoy!

 

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COBALT: Sweater / Dress / Bag / Heels / Necklace

CANARY: Bag / Bracelet / Sunglasses / Pumps / Dress / Coat

What are your favorite fall trends right now? Let us know in the comments below!

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway

I’m at that age where every spring through fall, we have lots and lots of weddings to attend. I personally love weddings, mainly for two reasons: getting dressed up and celebrating with friends, many of which we don’t get to see often. And these events always result in lots of photos, so many that I whatever dress I wore ends up at the back of my closet, never to be worn again.

This past weekend was the wedding of one of my best friends from college, and I was excited to switch up my wedding style because she was having more of a casual outdoor party by the beach rather than a formal ceremony and reception. I knew I wanted a floral maxi dress, but all of the ones that I was finding in stores were a) expensive and b) I couldn’t see myself wearing them on multiple occasions to justify the expense.

In comes Rent the Runway… a service that lets you rent beautiful dresses for a small fraction of their retail value. They make it so easy (on both my to do list and bank account) that I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever actually purchase a special occasion dress again. Why spend $500 on a dress I know I’ll only wear once when I can rent it for $100? And why spend $100 on a new but not-as-nice, cheaper dress that I still will only wear once? Might as well look and feel better for that $100!

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c/o Shoshanna Dress via Rent the Runway / Bag (sale!) 

Sandals (sale!) / Earrings (only $15!) / c/o bareMinerals Foundation

Lips / Mascarac/o Too Faced Bronzer & Blush / Nails

 

To find the perfect dress to rent, I went to RentTheRunway.com, entered in my size and delivery date, then filtered my search further by length (long) and formality (daytime). There are lots more filter options (color, body type, designer, etc.) to help you find the best option, as there are thousands of dresses from 250+ designers to choose from. I’m a big fan of Shoshanna dresses and found two that I loved, so I decided to rent both, as you can rent a backup size for free and also add a second dress for $32.50 (the rentals themselves start at just $30). One of the best things about Rent the Runway is that their users give lots of feedback on the dresses, so you don’t have to guess if the dress runs long, doesn’t have any stretch, etc.

Once you select your dress(es), you just wait for it to arrive on your delivery date, wear it and throw it in the prepaid (free) UPS envelope to be shipped back – you don’t even need to worry about dry cleaning. You can choose to have your rental for 4 or 8 days – I went with 4 and had it delivered on Thursday before the wedding, then dropped it in the mail on Sunday.

Here are the two Shoshanna dresses I went with (shop them here: left, right)…

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After trying them on, I fell in love with the purple floral Shoshanna Hydrangea Garden Maxi, though I may have to rent the other one for a different occasion. From there, all I had to do was accessorize with sandals, a bag and earrings (all on sale!), put on some makeup and I was good to go. For makeup, the YSL lip stain I’m wearing is one of my all-time faves, and I also used bareMinerals READY Foundation, Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer and Avon Big & Daring Mascara. Before the big day, I got a mani pedi with this light blue color – perfect for spring/summer.

My Rent the Runway dress worked out perfectly, we had a great weekend with our friends, and on Sunday, we were all ready to go home and take a nice long nap to recover (see last pic below of our pup Hank on the car ride home). More pics are below!

Join Rent the Runway and you’ll get $25 off your order of $75+ (valid for new customers). You can rent (and shop!) my dress using the links in this post, and for more of my favorites from Rent the Runway, follow me on Instagram (@dailykatyblog) and “like” the post about Rent the Runway. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of summer dress options to rent (just sign up for ShopStyle first).

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com
Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

**While I was provided a complimentary dress rental for review, all opinions are my own.**

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale {Shop the Post}

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here until May 31! It’s no secret that Nordstrom rarely has big sales like this, especially sales that you can get up to 40% off with. Shop some of my favorite shoe and accessory finds with the links below.

I’m off to Fort Lauderdale for a bachelorette weekend (on the plane now!) – follow along on Instagram (@dailykatyblog) and enjoy your weekends!

 

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Ring + Bracelet / Tote Bag / Bucket Bag

iPhone Case / Fringe Bag / Hat / Sunglasses 

Espadrille Flats / Coral Sandals / Tan Wedges

Black & Turquoise Style

One of the best things about having a dog is always having a reason to get outside and walk somewhere. A few weekends ago, on a weekend with near-perfect weather, we took Hank to a local farmers market and planned to stop for lunch at the food trucks. It was almost too nice out because there were way too many people there, so we ended up walking back and heading to a restaurant nearby.

I love this shirt because it can easily be dressed up or down – plus it’s on sale for under $20! I wore it here with jeans, but you could also wear it with white shorts, black pants, a pencil skirt and more. And I’ve been loving the bareMinerals Pop of Passion lip colors because they give just the right amount of color without being full-on lipstick. This outfit is pretty standard style for me – shop the look below!

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Shirt (on sale for under $20!) / Jeggings (under $45!)

Bracelet, Bag & Sandals (old, linked to similar)

Sunglasses / Necklace / Lips / Nails (linked to similar)

 

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Friday Faves {May 22, 2015}

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Hope your weekends are filled with sunshine, friends and family, food and drinks and relaxation. Today is one of my favorite days of the year because it’s the start of summer Fridays at work, which means summer is almost here, even if the temps aren’t feeling that way yet. To kick off the long weekend, I’m sharing my Friday Faves… and then I’m heading to catch up with my best girlfriends from high school – can’t wait!

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1. Friendship in your late 20s, early 30s. I came across this post and felt like it was describing my friendships these days. Quick summary: You make your best friends before or during college, you’re with them all the time and friendship, put simply, is easy. You graduate, your friends move here and there for jobs or guys, you all start getting hitched, and then, before you know it, babies are on the way. Whether my girlfriends and I are busy with grad school or we’re a few time zones away from each other, the reality is we can’t see each other as often as we’d like.

But as this post puts it, “scarcity makes time spent with friends even more valuable — a treat I write delightedly into my calendar in hot pink pen so that it stands out among the staffings and the errands,” and we get to look forward to the weddings or our girls weekends where we are all reunited. And I’m sure that it will all come full circle, because “in another ten years, the babies will be older, the marriages will mature, and our friendships will be better nurtured by the increased time and energy we have to give them.” We’ll be getting old together, saying cheers over our favorite Pinot Grigio. {via refinery29.com}

2. Strike a pose. Learn how to work your angles and makeup to easily look better in photos. This post takes you through all of the steps, from using a primer to playing up your best features, and also recommends products to try out. {via intothegloss.com}

3. She shed = life goal. Um, I need one of these. I’ll wait ’til the day comes that we move to the ‘burbs, but if she sheds are really a thing, count me in. It’s described as “an anti-man cave, usually decked out in string lights and a comfy couch.” Perfection. {via brit.co}

4. Half yearly sales. Especially when they’re at Nordstrom, which very rarely offers sales worth mentioning. Get up to 40% off lots of items now through May 31. I’m shopping this sale tonight and so far I have my eyes on these espadrilles and this watch and bag, which also comes in tan and yellow. {nordstrom.com}

Carry-On Travel Bags

I’ve been taking lots of day trips and long weekend trips this year, both for work and play, and through that I’ve quickly learned the importance of having a good carry-on bag. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite carry-on travel bags right now, all of which are perfect in their own way. Now I’m on the hunt for new rolling suitcases (both carry-on and larger with spinning wheels), so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

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1. cinda b Traveling Bowler

This bag (bottom left) quickly became one of my absolute, all-time favorite travel bags as soon as I started using it. I’ve mainly been using it as a carry-on bag when I travel on short trips because it has a zip opening to easily slip over my rolling suitcase handle, so it makes carrying all of my bags much easier. Plus the interior of it is even bigger than it looks and it fits everything I need, from my laptop and magazines to my purse, cosmetics and more, especially since there are lots of pockets. I’ve also used it as an overnight bag – it has an adjustable cross-body strap and also regular handles. And one of the best thing about cinda b bags is the fabric – it’s so durable and comes in tons of fun patterns. I went with Noir (all black) this time, but I love patterns like Neptune (shown on this beach bag). {cindab.com, $129}

2. Hayden-Harnett Ibiza Flight Tote

I discovered Hayden-Harnett last year and now I wish I could have one of everything they make. They have a line of travel bags and accessories that are great for work, weekends and travel. The bag shown in the photos isn’t available anymore, but they have an even better bag, the Ibiza Flight Tote, which comes in black, silvered grey, orchid (pink) and olive. I actually had my eyes on this bag but it wasn’t available when I got my other one! The Ibiza can be worn in up to six different ways thanks to its unique strap/handle and snap system, so you can change it up based on your preferences. {haydenharnett.com, $198}

3. LeSportsac  Voyager Backpack

Backpacks are back in style and I’ll be the first to admit that I love them. In fact, I’ve been using a backpack as my carry-on bag for years and I needed them to come back in style so I could get one that didn’t look like I was back in high school going to class. I love the LeSportsac Voyager Backpack because it’s nice and roomy and easy to get things in and out of. LeSportsac has so many fun prints and patterns that they introduce throughout the year – this one is a floral print called Euphoria. The Voyager has a drawstring closure and lots of of pockets to store your on-the-go essentials. I think this might even make a good beach bag this summer! {lesportsac.com, $118}

4. Baggalini Village Tote

Another great options that slides right over your suitcase handle is the Village Tote from Baggalini, one of their best-selling bags. This bag also has lots of pockets for organization and also has a removable coin purse and a padded front zipper pocket that’s perfect for my Nook or iPad. The Village Tote has a nice shoulder strap so it’s easy to carry and the style is more like a traditional shoulder bag, not quite as big as the cinda b bag above. The fabric is lightweight and water-resistant and while the blue shown here is no longer available, it comes in black, which is perfect for anytime use. {baggalini.com, $94.95}

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Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

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 Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

**While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own.**

Early Spring Work Style

It finally feels like spring here in New England, but it’s still been pretty chilly at night. And while I can’t wait for the days where I don’t even need a sweater or jacket at night, I wanted to share a lacey sweater that’s on sale right now for only $22 right now (shop it through the links!). It’s a great piece to add to your work style rotation, especially when it’s that time of year when you’re transitioning from chillier temps to spring. SheInside is a good site for trendy pieces that you don’t want to spend a ton of $ on – and if you shop using the us.sheinside.com site, you can usually get free shipping.

I’ve also had these American Eagle jeggings on repeat and this Hayden-Harnett bag is one of my faves for work (it’s no longer available, but they have similar options now). And then on my face I went with all bareMinerals for this look, including the new Complexion Rescue tinted face cream (my go-to for my speedy work makeup routine) and Pop of Passion lip oil-balm.

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 Shop the look:

Sweater (only $22!)

Necklace (old, linked to similar) / Booties (old, linked to similar)

Jeggings (under $40!) / c/o Bag (old, linked to similar)

c/o Lips, Face, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner & Mascara

Hope you all have a great week! Don’t forget to enter the $300 Target gift card and Spring FabFitFun box giveaways – there’s still time!

xo,

Katy

Spring 2015 FabFitFun VIP Box {Review & Giveaway}

Subscription boxes are the craze right now and they’re a great way to try out new products without paying full price for them. Plus, there’s an element of surprise (unless you check the spoilers online) because you don’t know what you’re going to get until it arrives. I love the FabFitFun subscription boxes – they’re sent out quarterly and cost just $49.99 for $200 worth of products, all of which are full size.

Spring 2015 FabFitFun VIP Box Review & Giveaway

Each FabFitFun box comes with a mix of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products. The Spring 2015 box that’s currently available came with items from Jules Smith, ORLY, Rifle Paper Co., Palmetto Derma, Merrithew, Ofra Cosmetics and Cosmos Creations, as well as gift cards from Hello Fresh, Vow to be Chic and Sprout It. Read on for more details on the Spring FabFitFun items – and scroll down to the bottom to enter to win this box for yourself!

  • Jules Smith Scarf: Spring is finally here and I’ve been dying to ditch the jackets and start wearing things like blouses and t-shirts with fun scarves like these. I received this scarf in Watercolor (love it!) and it also comes in Modern Art. They were designed specifically for the FabFitFun box and are also available on the brand’s website. They’re great because they are made from a nice, lightweight cotton viscose, so they can be warn even in warmer temps. This is definitely my favorite item in the Spring 2015 FabFitFun box! Jules Smith also makes lots of great jewelry – love this layered necklace set and these earrings. {julessmithdesigns.com, $42}
  • ORLY Nail BB Creme & ORLY Nail Polish in Cake Pop: I’m a big fan of BB and CC creams for my face, so I was excited to try out this BB creme for my nails. It smooths, moisturizes and brightens your nails, while also giving them a sheer peach tint that is the perfect natural mani. And more often than not, I go with a light pink shade on my nails, so this “Cake Pop” color is right up my alley. {orlybeauty.com, $15 BB creme, $8.50 nail polish}
  • Hello Fresh $40 Gift CardIf you haven’t tried out any of the delivery meal services yet, this is your chance! I’m looking forward to trying this one out, as I’ve heard great things. Hello Fresh gives you everything you need to create three simple yet delicious meals at home for either two or four people – and they do all of the shopping for you and deliver it right to your door. The recipes are nice and easy to follow and they’re made with farm fresh ingredients. {hellofresh.com, $69/week for 2 people, $129/week for 4 people}
  • Vow to be Chic $125 Gift CardWhy wasn’t this around when I was getting married?! I’ve used a similar service in the past to rent dresses for special occasions so I don’t have to spend the money on something I’m only going to wear once. And aren’t bridesmaids dresses exactly that? My bridesmaids probably would have loved renting a dress instead of buying one, and this site has lots of nice ones to choose from in a variety of styles and colors. Since this gift card gives you a free dress rental with the rental or purchase of another, I’ll either find two occasions to use this for, or I’ll give it to one of my soon-to-be bride friends. {vowtobechic.com}
  • Sprout It App Card & Miracle Grow Gro-able Seed Pod: I’ve been wanting to grow my own veggies and herbs, but city living presents some challenges… plus, I have no idea where to start! I can’t wait to try out this all-in-one seed pod, and if all goes well, I’m definitely going to need more. All you have to do is remove the lid and place it in the soil. And then the Sprout It app makes it even easier by giving you reminders and tips, customized to your location and garden. {miraclegro.com, $1.49 per seed pod}
  • Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coasters Set: These coast to coast coasters make a great gift! In true Rifle Paper Co fashion, the illustrations of each city – New York, London, Toyko and Paris – on each of the coasters are beautiful. And they come in a nice keepsake box too. {riflepaperco.com, $16}
  • Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum: This free radical fighting super serum promises to keep your skin safe and fresh from the bad stuff your skin faces daily, like sun, smoke and smog. I’ve been hearing lots about Vitamin C serums, and this one increases collagen growth, rapidly slows down the aging proces, fills in fine lines and minimizes wrinkles, while also fighting to make sure they don’t come back. The best part? If you love this product and want more, or if you want to try out some of the brand’s other products, you can get 25% off your purchase now through August 31 with code FABFITFUN25. {palmettoderma.com, $48}

GIVEAWAY! You can enter to win this FabFitFun VIP box below, now through May 25, 2015. Open to US residents.

For more on the products featured in the Spring 2015 FabFitFun VIP box, visit FabFitFun.com. From there, you can also sign up to receive your own quarterly FabFitFun boxes.

Spring 2015 FabFitFun VIP Box Review & Giveaway

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**Thanks to FabFitFun for providing samples for this review & giveaway. All opinions are my own.**

Cozy products for lazy Sundays and chilly temps

This winter has been fun of way too many snowstorms and the cold temps don’t seem to be going away even though it’s now spring and almost April. I’ve been doing lots of hibernating and Netflix marathoning (officially addicted to Scandal) on the weekends, so I thought I’d share some cozy products that are perfect for lounging around in.

Cozy Finds
  • P.J. Salvage Classic Dogs Flannel PJ Set: For the past two years, my friends have hosted a New Year’s Day PJ brunch at their beach house, so I was on the market for a fun set when I found these. As a dog lover, I was immediately obsessed with these ones with pups all over them. I also love this set with dogs in sunglasses. All of their flannel PJ sets are soft and thick, keeping you warm and comfortable. And for warmer months ahead, they have lots of non-flanel options that are equally as fun. {pjsalvage.com, $65}
  • Rails Hunter Flannel: Honestly, I’ve been meaning to share this for months, but it’s been a constant in my wardrobe and I kept forgetting to actually photograph it. Jeans, booties and a flannel, dressed up with statement jewelry has become my go-to outfit, and I mean it when I say that Rails flannels are my absolute favorite. I wish I had them in every single style. They’re so soft and cozy, but also fitted, so you feel comfortable but look put together. For spring, they also have short sleeved versions and light pastel colors. {railsclothing.com, $98-$138}
  • Mangrove Scarf in PrismThrowing on a scarf is an easy way to dress up your outfit. My new favorites are from Mangrove. They’re silky and lightweight and can easily be worn year-round. This green color is called Prism, and there are so many other great solids and prints to choose from. And they’re nice and big – 80″ x 40″ – so they can be worn in lots of different ways. {shopmangrove.com, on sale for $88!}
  • ED On Air Microfleece Reversible Sherpa Throw by Ellen DeGeneres:Cozy to me is laying on the couch in a big blanket with my dog, and this one is perfect for just that. It’s nice and big – 50″ x 70″ – and has printed fleece on one side and a thicker Sherpa-style fleece on the other (my fav). It comes in cream, red and blue, so you can find one to match your home decor. {qvc.com, $26.12}
  • Cozy Orange Selene Long Sleeved Yoga Top: I love this lightweight long sleeved shirt. It’s perfect for pre- and post-studio workout, but I actually think I like it best for traveling and running errands on the weekends. The material feels like soft yoga pants and it’s a figure flattering shape, so you don’t look like you’re wearing workout clothes. I have it in heather charcoal (grey), but the ocean blue color is fun too. {cozyorange.com, $60}
  • Legwear Loft Bundled Braid Mukluk Slippers: These slippers are the best for wearing around the house, especially with leggings or any pj pants or shorts. They’re the perfect height and have a nice fleece on the inside. And they come in lots of different colors and styles. I even brought these on a work trip recently for wearing around my hotel room! {legwearloft.com, on sale for $25!}
  • Adventura Harriet Leggings: On days where jeans – even jeggings – don’t seem comfortable, leggings are my go to. These are great because they have a subtle chevron print and are a cross between tights and leggings, so they work with lots of different outfit types. {adventuraclothing.com, $29}

Cozy Finds on DailyKaty.com

Cozy Finds on DailyKaty.com

Cozy Finds on DailyKaty.com

Cozy Finds on DailyKaty.com

Cozy Finds on DailyKaty.com

**While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own.**